Northside nurses vote to authorize strike

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN)  —  Nurses at Northside Medical Center could be hitting the picket line again.

Members of the Youngstown General Duty Nurses Association met Wednesday to get an update on contract talks, map out their next strategy and give the negotiating team the authorization to call  a strike if necessary. The strike authorization vote passed and the nurses are hoping this vote will bring hospital management back to the table.

“They have refused to come meet with us. They are ignoring everybody in our organization, in this town. The state of Ohio representatives have encouraged them with their help to get this resolved. The only place this is going to be resolved is at the table. But the CEOs from Tennessee have refused to sit at the table to negotiate with us,” said YGDNA President Joyce Shaffer.

Last week, the nurses staged a one-day strike to protest the lack of a contract. Some of them were locked out when they tried to return to work.

They would not say if this strike authorization is for another one-day strike or for a longer walkout. The nurses likely will vote again before hitting the picket line.

No negotiating sessions have been set.

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